28 March 2009
LGG: "Al Rastro"
"Al Rastro" seems like a good companion to "Tactica," as both of them concentrate pretty clearly on the battle aspect, showing how the montoneros would have waged this sort of war. Lugones apparently drew from an existing oral tradition when writing the stories, but this one sounds almost too good to be true.
In the story, a gaucho decides that he has had enough of the Spanish troops in his country and stages a one-man attack on a fort. First, he detonates a gunpowder-filled cart in front of the local fort, and then he attacks the survivors, until he himself is mortally wounded. It's a fun little bit of badassery, which is why I find myself feeling somewhat skeptical about its basis in truth.